18 days in East Asia Itinerary

18 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train to Okayama, Ferry to Naoshima-cho
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Naoshima-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shodoshima-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kitayama-mura
— 1 day
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kobe
— 2 nights
Fly

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Tokyo

— 3 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ueno District and Asakusa. Explore hidden gems such as Yanaka District and Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Chidorigafuchi, explore the activities along Meguro River, appreciate the extensive heritage of Omoide Yokocho, and wander the streets of Akihabara.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Spain, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport, Ibaraki Airport / JASDF Hyakuri Air Base and Yokota Air Base. August in Tokyo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 3 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Explore hidden gems such as Sannenzaka Ninenzaka and Tofuku-ji Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kyoto Tower and Kyoto Shibori Museum. The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, admire the landmark architecture of Kyoto Station Building, don't miss a visit to Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto online tour planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): see where the action happens at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, pause for some photo ops at Ground Zero, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and finally make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary maker app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites

Naoshima-cho

— 3 nights
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Benesse House Museum and Okayama Astronomical Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Yakage Honjin Ishii Family Residence and Kinojo Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naoshima-cho: Takahashi (Raikyuji Temple & Takahashi City Old Samurai Residences), Miyama Park (in Tamano) and Yakage Post Station (in Yakage-cho). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project, head off the coast to Shiraishi Island, enjoy breathtaking views from Play Park Gold Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiromineji Temple.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Naoshima-cho online itinerary maker.

Getting from Hiroshima to Naoshima-cho by combination of train and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Naoshima-cho are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Shodoshima-cho.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Shodoshima-cho

— 2 nights
On an island famed for its gorgeous landscapes and seaside vistas, the town of Shodoshima-cho serves as the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of Japanese city life.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): visit Yama-Roku Shoyu, get engrossed in the history at Kokonoura Museum of History and Culture, look for gifts at Hinase Fishermens's Market, enjoy breathtaking views from Kankakei Summit Observation, then explore the stunning scenery at Kankakei Gorge, and finally take an in-depth tour of Marukin Soysouce Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Olive Garden, then head off the coast to Hinase Islands, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Ushimado Olive Garden.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Shodoshima-cho trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Naoshima-cho to Shodoshima-cho in 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Shodoshima-cho are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kitayama-mura.

Things to do in Shodoshima-cho

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Kitayama-mura

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): look for gifts at Michi-no-Eki Okutoro, see the interesting displays at Kiwacho Mine Museum, then make a trip to Maruyama Senmai Rice Field, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Doro River Valley.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kitayama-mura trip planner.

Drive from Shodoshima-cho to Kitayama-mura in 7.5 hours. In August in Kitayama-mura, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kitayama-mura

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka

— 2 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
On the 23rd (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and finally wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Osaka City Central Hall, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, then make a trip to Hozenji Yokocho, then get a taste of the local shopping with Minami (Namba), and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Osaka day trip planner.

Drive from Kitayama-mura to Osaka in 3.5 hours. August in Osaka sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Kobe

— 2 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): get to know the resident critters at Kobe Oji Zoo, snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, take in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower, examine the collection at Kawasaki Good Times World, then wander the streets of Kitano Ijinkan-gai, and finally steep yourself in history at Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Kobe online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Osaka, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kobe, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips